National Lottery Winner lights up hospices!

A Basingstoke National Lottery millionaire and her godson, who is cared for at Naomi House & Jacksplace, gave the children’s hospice grounds some extra special Christmas sparkle today (Tuesday 5 December).

Tammie Pickett (38) - who won a £1,000,000 top prize on a National Lottery Scratchcard just before Christmas last year - organised a bumper delivery of Christmas lights, turning the grounds into a winter wonderland for her godson, four year old Frankie O’Connor, and everyone else at Naomi House & Jacksplace.

Mum of four Tammie commented:

Being able to bring the Christmas lights to Naomi House & Jacksplace and see the children’s faces light up just as brightly as the garden has been absolutely wonderful, and to share it with little Frankie is the icing on the cake.

There have been some wonderful moments since that day I discovered the £1million win, and today is just one more to add to the growing memory bank.

Activities Team Leader at Naomi House & Jacksplace, Huw Bromage, said:

Christmas is such an exciting time of year and as a home from home it’s essential that we give every child and young person a chance to enjoy everything that it entails. Whether it’s yards of tinsel, festive tunes or a visit from the big man himself, Christmas presents a sensory adventure and some relief from otherwise very challenging circumstances.

Tammie’s delivery of lights is truly fantastic and has enabled us to create the winter wonderland of our dreams!

Frankie and Tammie took in the display of twinkly lights with Tammie commenting:

Seeing Frankie enjoying the lights has been an early Christmas present for me and his mum, my dear friend Debbie O’Connor. They’ve both been through so much since Frankie was born with Pontocerebellar hypoplasia (PCH) so being able to do something special for them, and making Frankie the star of today has been wonderful.